The RW Board at the 2015 AGM in Hull (left to right: Richard Wallis, Claire Roulstone, Nigel Orchard, Richard Smith, Bill Hibbert)
Bill has been a bell ringer for over 40 years. He has worked for many years for magazine and newspaper publishers and has considerable knowledge of publishing and IT systems, and website implementation.
Bill's primary interest in bell ringing is the sound and acoustics of bells, which he has been investigating for over 15 years. He has been awarded a doctorate by the Open University for his research.
Nigel Orchard (Chairman)
Nigel joined the board at the 2013 AGM. His career in the electricity supply industry caused him to live in several places round the country with business skills developed as Station Manager at three different large power stations, one of them in Portugal. He then ran his own one man consultancy business until 2007. He has been Deputy Tower Captain and Steeplekeeper at St Thomas, Salisbury for the last 13 years, is a member of the ASCY and rings a few peals a year.
Claire Roulstone (Company Secretary)
Claire joined the board at the 2013 AGM and succeeded Ian Oram as Company Secretary in July. She prepares the agenda for board meetings, takes the minutes and is responsible for the Annual Returns to the Charity Commission and Companies House.
Claire is a member of the St Paul’s Cathedral Guild of Ringers and a member of the local band at the five-bell tower Silchester in Hampshire. A prolific peal ringer, she served the Oxford Diocesan Guild as Peal Secretary for eleven years. She spent 25 years working as a civilian specialist for the Metropolitan Police dealing with various aspects of Criminal Justice and latterly the investigation of complaints made by members of the public. She brings both her administrative skills and her perspective as a practical ringer to the board.
Richard joined the board at the 2014 AGM. He currently works for an Internet hosting company which he co-founded and has grown to be consistently profitable. He has extensive experience of many Internet technologies and is regularly engaged in consultancy to small businesses developing their online presence.
Richard developed BellBoard for The Ringing World in 2012, and has been responsible for its development ever since. He rings regularly in Cambridge and London, is currently Steeplekeeper at Great St Mary’s, Cambridge, and is President of the Cambridge University Guild.
Richard joined the board in May 2011 and was appointed Finance Director shortly thereafter. At the time of his appointment Richard had just celebrated 25 years of ringing and 15 years as a member of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. He was Treasurer of the CC Publications Committee and then went on to become one of the Council's Independent Examiners (until 2012).
Richard has always rung at Godstone and has been very involved in the Surrey Association – as its General Secretary for 20 years (ongoing) and as the holder of several District posts before and during that time. After training in private practice, Richard has held various finance jobs in the National Health Service – he is currently employed by a mental health Foundation Trust.